.Letter to the Editor: Full Sprawl Ahead

On Tuesday, March 8, the Watsonville City Council was given a report by their staff presenting the potential impacts of the upcoming Watsonville Planned Growth and Farmland Protection Initiative, which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Supporters of the initiative prepared a document discussing its benefits, and the city staff presented a document, showing only its negative impacts. We had expected a more professional analysis, but the city attorney confirmed its intention, when she stated, “There is no indication that the information that staff has to provide has to be unbiased or even-handed, or talk about the advantages of the ballot measure.” The people of Watsonville do not want sprawl. They do not want to see the city turn, piece-by-piece, into San Jose.

Sam Earnshaw


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